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How PGP Works/Introduction to Cryptography


How PGP Works/Introduction to Cryptography

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Description of important issues relating to cryptography for high security communications over the Internet. Includes 12 diagrams.
Material Type: Presentation
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: July 17, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: May 03, 2007
Submitter: Ralph Westfall



Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Web browser and Internet connection.
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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14 years ago

Ralph Westfall (Faculty)

This site is based on chapter 1 in a document called Introduction to Cryptography, which is included in the documentation for PGP software (see technical remarks below). The site provides information, with diagrams, on how encryption and decryption work. It explains various forms of cryptography including public key cryptography which is used in the PGP software.

The site also discusses other security features useful in electronic commerce, including digital signatures and digital certificates. This latter material is relatively detailed and may not be of interest to a student who is more interested in cryptography than e-commerce.

Technical Remarks:

PGP (pretty good privacy) is encryption software for securing e-mail communications. It is available in a free, public domain version for personal use as well as in a commercial version.